- the skull
- the bones forming the enclosure of the brain; brainpan
- the skull, excluding the lower jaw
Origin of craniumMedieval Latin ; from Classical Greek kranion ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ker- from source horn, Classical Latin cerebrum, German hirn, brain
nounpl. cra·ni·ums or cra·ni·a
- The skull.
- The portion of the skull enclosing the brain; the braincase.
Origin of craniumMiddle English craneum, from Medieval Latin cranium, from Greek kranion; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural craniums or crania)
From Medieval Latin crānium (“skull”), from Ancient Greek κρανίον (kranion, “skull”).